Hurricane Ian strengthens over western Cuba

On Monday, Hurricane Ian was forecast to grow as it headed toward western Cuba, where it posed a threat of severe wind and storm damage.

Ian, a strong hurricane with sustained winds of more than 120 mph, is expected to make landfall in western Cuba late Monday or early Tuesday.

If a hurricane's category rating is raised to 3 or higher by the NHC, it is considered a significant storm and "devastating destruction will ensue."

Hurricanes are classified as Category 1 when they have sustained winds of 74 mph, Category 2 at 96 mph, and Category 3 at 111 mph.

"Today, the core of Ian is predicted to pass close or west of the Cayman Islands, and early Tuesday, it is likely to pass near or over western Cuba.

Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio, and Artemisa are under a hurricane warning, while the Florida west coast from north of Englewood.

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